Posts byDiane C.

Review: SABRINA, “The Trial of Sabrina Spellman”

Sabrina's third hour spins its wheels but isn't without charm

The third episode of Sabrina, “The Trial of Sabrina Spellman,” has our heroine fresh off rejecting the Dark Lord, and Father Blackwood’s torch-bearing mob still is lingering in her mind. Then, a message arrives: Sabrina is being sued by the Dark Lord for breach of promise because she refused to sign her name during the

Dad Media Month: Bauer, Ryan, and Fear of America

What do our heroes tell us about patriotism in the post 9/11 world?

Jack Bauer and Jack Ryan make for interesting bookends to our current political times. Their duality comes during times of enormous fear and their works help illuminate both fear and an affirmation of the status quo. Both men reflect the insecurities, political motivations, and ideals of our political landscape.

Dad Media Month: Playing These PATRIOT GAMES

I have a confession: Patriot Games isn’t my favorite Jack Ryan movie; that title belongs to Clear and Present Danger. But what makes Patriot Games unique in the Ryanverse is how it uses its personal story as the primary driver for the plot. Just as Clear and Present Danger is an intense political thriller, Patriot

Review: JACK RYAN, Season 1: Pilot

This is the Jack Ryan We've Been Waiting For

How do you talk about a show like Jack Ryan without comparing it to 24 or Homeland? All three feature protagonists with past traumas, people who are very clearly good at their jobs, who love their countries, who are loyal to their government. And yet, Jack Ryan’s similarities with those other shows ends right there

Celebrating Dad Media: What Is It, Exactly?

“Dad media? What’s that?” I’m glad you asked. Contrary to initial appearances, Dad Media is not media about dads (though there is often overlap). Dad Media is, more generally, “stuff dads like.” This is a wide spectrum, and includes movies like Hunt for Red October, shows like 24, everything on CBS that has a white

Western Month: JOHNNY GUITAR, Feminist Tall Tale

Released in 1954, Johnny Guitar is the story of Vienna (Joan Crawford), a scrappy saloon owner eagerly awaiting a railroad that will bring business and wealth to her saloon, who faces off with Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who hates her for allowing The Dancin’ Kid, a local small-time crook, to stay at the saloon after


Spike Lee's latest evocative film uses the past to hold a mirror up to our present

BlacKkKlansman is as subtle as a jackhammer going off at 5 am. It will stick with you, and it will terrify you. It will also make you laugh and gasp and grit your teeth in anger. It will also leave you still as you watch a master of cinema display black resistance as a foundation for the future.

Steve Ditko, Comics Legend, Has Died

Steve Ditko, the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man and creator of Doctor Strange, as well as Mr. A, has died. He was 90 years old.  Ditko knew how to tell a story through comics. He knew how to speak through color and a flowing line. He had a talent and an eye for detail that has

BLADE II: Lonely Hearts Club

Blade just wants to be loved

In 2002, Guillermo del Toro, then a 36-year-old fresh off directing The Devil’s Backbone, one of his seminal Spanish-language works, began work on his first blockbuster. It was a sequel to Blade, a vampire movie that burst onto the scene in 1998 with the most exciting black superhero we had seen in ages (or at

MINDHUNTER Recap: Season 1 Episode 9

Holden's ego is getting too big for his own good

The world has had a few months to let Mindhunter stew in their brains and Netflix has announced that the show will be back for a second season. But first, we have to watch the rest of this season. Episode 9 is wonderful, not just in its simplicity, but in how its central theme of

MINDHUNTER Recap: Season 1 Episode 6

This short episode packs a lot of punches

In Episode 6, the shortest of the series (34 minutes), Bill and Holden get their Altoona murderer but a hiccup in the case means Holden has to return to Altoona and Bill suggests he take Dr. Carr with him – Anna Torv finally joins the road school squad! For the first time, Dr. Carr sees